Sunlight is the major source of vitamin D-producing Ultraviolet B radiation, which has a wide range of positive health effects, including possibly inhibiting the growth of some cancers. We also know that too much sun exposure or exposure without the proper sun screen can cause other health issues. So it’s important to use common sense and not abuse your body with tanning extremes.
During the summer when we have more sunny days, we feel better. During the winter with fewer sunny days we get the “winter blahs.” There is clearly a correlation between sunny days and how we feel. Many of us also equate a tan to a healthier lifestyle. The growth of the “tanning industry” has helped many people get over those winter blues, and with the growth and development of tanning beds and their increased safety and regulations it has become a great way to improve the way you look and feel.
Here are a few tanning facts to keep in mind.
1. Tanning indoors is regulated, unlike outside you are able to control the amount of UV-Rays your body is being exposed to.
2. Indoor Tanning helps you get your Vitamin D, a vitamin that helps prevent osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, endocrine dysfunction, respiratory illness as well as a multitude of other things.
3. Beat the winter blues! In the winter months where sun exposure is at its lowest tanning can help ward off seasonal affective disorder and depression.
4. You look good, you feel good. Glowing skin is a great motivator to keep up with healthy habits, especially since a nice tan shows off the work you did at the gym more.
5. Tanning can help treat cosmetic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
6. Natures natural sunscreen, tanning helps produce melanin, a natural antioxidant which prevents damage done by free radicals.